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Will new standardization hurt Houston’s growing graduation rates?

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HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Independent School District has something to scream about. The number of students graduating high school has increased nearly 15% in the last six years. But a new report from Johns-Hopkins University warns that success may be short lived.

Forty-five states so far have adopted curriculum based on the common-core-state-standards-initiative which is designed to regiment curriculum and testing for schools across the country. The Johns-Hopkins report suggests the more rigorous testing and syllabus could lead to more drop-outs, especially among minorities and those with limited English.

So far Texas hasn’t adopted the program, but many high-performing states that have, have already seen poor results with many minority students. And with many states switching to systems that judge their school’s performance less on graduation rates and more on test scores, the possibility for struggling students to be pushed aside in favor of high achievers lingers, meaning the potential for higher drop-outs.

As for Texas? No word if or when the state will adopt the curriculum. Or what it might mean for our growing graduation rate.